The Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund Political Committee (PPHPAFPC) works to elect pro-women’s health candidates in New York State. From Governor to State Senate and Assembly to municipal offices, the Political Committee sends mail, makes calls, and talks to voters about voting for the right candidates.
New York is commonly seen as a progressive state that will always be a leader in reproductive rights, so why give to PPHPAFPC? The answer is simple: continued access to reproductive health care in New York is not as safe as you might think.
As a supporter of reproductive health, YOU can make a difference. Here’s how:
Flipping the New York State Senate:
In 2014, we lost three pro-reproductive health members in the Senate, consequently, it has become nearly impossible to pass any reproductive health legislation, including bills concerning contraception. We now must flip 4 seats to win a pro-women’s health State Senate in 2016 to support and advance gender equality and economic opportunities for women and their families, and to preserve reproductive rights in New York.
Building a Movement:
PPHPAFPC will use its organizing expertise to continue growing a pro-reproductive health activist base that is ready to step up and take action on our policies and candidates who stand with us. Planned Parenthood is a trusted messenger and a natural rallying point for pro-reproductive health voters.
The Big Picture:
Redistricting in 2020 is just around the corner. The legislature we elect this year will be key in determining who controls Congress for the next decade. We learned in 2014 that we can’t be complacent at the state level. If we fail to flip the State Senate in 2016, redistricting in 2020 could see the state further gerrymandered, ensuring even more districts are won by anti-reproductive health candidates at both state and federal levels.
Special Election Victory
This year’s special election for State Senate District 9 in Nassau County was a decisive victory for pro-reproductive health supporters. The open seat was considered a “tipping point” not just for Long Island but the entire state. We worked closely with Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund Political Committee and Planned Parenthood NYC Votes to get out the vote for Todd Kaminsky - forming a regional coalition that proved to be very powerful and successful.